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Like Moscow, St. Petersburg doesn’t have many specific venues for kids. However, the younger set will be impressed with the grandness of the Russian city’s various imperial palaces, as well as some of the city’s museums and cultural offerings. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ suggestions for the five best things to do with kids in St. Petersburg.
1. Peterhof Palace. In the summer, take the hydrofoil to Peterhof Palace. While the adults appreciate the historical aspect of the trip, the kids can enjoy the extensive park area and layers of fountains.
2. Kunstkamera. For older kids, there’s the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, more commonly known as the Kunstkamera. The museum is a vault of biological curiosities, though keep in mind that some of the exhibits might not be appropriate for very young kids.
3. New Holland island. For some outdoor fun, check out the recently rebuilt New Holland (Novaya Golandiya) island. Private investors have taken over what was a rundown former Russian Naval shipyard and turned it into a family-friendly venue for art exhibits, art classes and activities for kids. It’s also a pleasant place for a family picnic.
4. Ballet or opera. For young travelers able to sit still long enough, a ballet or opera at the grand Mariinsky Theatre is unforgettable.
5. Canal boat ride. A tour with English commentary about the history of St. Petersburg will entertain most young travelers. Many boats have a small snack bar on board, just in case. Look for the advertisements along the canals near Nevsky Prospect and book a few hours in advance during the peak summer season.